“Health begins at home.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Environment plays a key role in the creation and maintenance of health. Changes in the environment, such as the quality of the air you breathe, significantly impact the quality of your health, for good or bad.
Of course with the present worldwide threat of COVID-19 your respiratory system especially needs care and attention to stay strong and healthy. Practicing a system of ongoing cleansing of your space, at home and work, can help your immune system stay resilient and more able to resist infectious disease. With just a few simple steps you can boost your immune system’s ability to fight off infections
The development and expansion of sanitation systems is probably the single greatest contributing factor to the lowering of rates of disease transmission globally in the modern age. Sanitation facilities and services for the safe disposal of human waste has advanced human’s quality of health and life extension more than any other advancement in our modern age, including vaccines.
Sanitation facilities provide the means for good hygiene and for people to perform basic hygienic practices that help us maintain health and increase our human life-spans.
Simply by focusing on a few, simple good personal hygienic practices you contribute to the overall maintenance of your health, as well as recovery of your health when succumbing to pathogenic disease.
Importantly, improved sanitation also helps keep your home and work environments clean and healthy. The health of our global environmental community also depends upon some type of sanitation to keep it free of toxins. This is why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, to keep our shared environment clean.
However, clean drinking water and good sanitation do not prevent the spread of infections without practicing good hygiene. The simple habit of washing hands goes a long way towards preventing the spread diseases.
Creating a healthy personal environment in which to live and work, you can greatly increase your chances of maintaining and even regaining your health.
Personal environments include social and economic factors, the physical location, and genetics, which influence your overall susceptibility, tolerances, and behaviors relating to your body. Social distancing and mask wearing are two examples of personal environmental practices you can choose to make that will help keep you and others safe.
Essential Oils for a Safe Environment & Your Mask
You can also use these oils to cleanse and purify your environment, as well as in your mask.
For the environment use drops of essential oils in your diffuser, or make an aromatherapy room spray.
For your mask, simply dispense 1-3 drops on your mask. Apply drops on the area of your mask that will fall just beneath your nostrils.
Lemon (Citrus Limon)
Scent: Fresh, sweet, lemony, citrus and fruity
Chemical Family: Monoterpene, Lactone
- Excellent cleanser and detoxifier
- Purifying and invigorating properties
- Refreshing and stimulating effect
- A supportive and potent body mind tonic
Clinical experiments of Lemon Essential Oil’s chemical composition demonstrated the efficiency of Citrus lemon as a natural antioxidant and antimicrobial agent.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
Scent: Fresh, sweet, pungent, camphoraceous and woody
Chemical Family: Monoterpene, Oxide, Ketone, Sesquiterpene
- Contains cleansing and detoxifying agents
- Supports healthy immune and respiratory systems
- Promotes circulation and release of blockages
- Often recommended as a good cleanser
- May be useful in a massage lubricant
- Frequently used in personal care products
- Psycho-emotionally, good for relieving congested thoughts
- Gentlest aroma of Eucalyptus species
The “Immune Modifying Effects of Eucalyptus Oil Using Simple Inhalation Devices” was studied. The study reported Eucalyptus essential oil to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, It is effective for relieving Cold and Flu Symptoms, as well as respiratory infections like rhinitis, and sinusitis.
Clary Sage (Savia sclarea)
Scent: Sweet, warm, herbaceous, exotic and sensual
Chemical Family: Ester Monoterpenol
- Broad spectrum of uses
- Supports healthy immune system
- Relaxing, soothing and calming influence
- Promotes deep release of tension
- Helpful for rejuvenation of tissue
- May help balance excessive yin states
- Traditionally used to relieve premenstrual tension in women
- Aphrodisiac developed for the perfume industry
May be useful as a sleep aid
Environment & Mask Recipe
This cleansing and uplifting essential oil formulation smells fantastic! It will help relieve stress and promote an effective boost to the overall health of your immune system.
To a 5ml (100 drops) euro-dropper bottle add:
- Clary Sage - 60 drops
- Lemon - 30 drops
- Eucalyptus - 10 drops
Cap bottle tightly and shake bottle vigorously to blend oils thoroughly together. Allow to synergize for 12 hours, or longer before using.
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